Evaluation of Cellular Technologies for High Data Rate WAIC Applications

Aygun Baltaci, Samuele Zoppi, Wolfgang Kellerer, Dominic Schupke

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Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications (WAIC) is an emerging standard to migrate regulatory and safety-related applications from wired networks to wireless means in next generation aircraft. Removing most of the cables from the fuselage will benefit to the overall efficiency of aircraft. On the other hand, it is a difficult task to achieve the Quality of Service (QoS) performance of wired networks by wireless technologies. Also, the Radio Altimeter (RA) interference in the same spectrum is another obstacle to overcome. Current Long Term Evolution (LTE) and emerging Fifth Generation (5G) technologies advertise promising specifications that can meet the requirements of WAIC networks. Therefore, the goal of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of supporting high data rate WAIC applications with LTE/5G by means of analytical and experimental studies. Measurements conducted in unoccupied mockup cabin and outside environment show that at least one cellular technology can meet the requirements of high data rate WAIC classes in the absence of RA interference. In coupling scenarios, robustness strategies should be considered to improve the network resilience. Finally, a network architecture based on the experimental results is presented to show an example usage scenario of a high data rate WAIC network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538680889
StatePublished - May 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2019 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 20 May 201924 May 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2019


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